Memorial Day Summer Kickoff: Part 1

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from ASPN!

In celebration of Memorial Day, Peter and Tyler tour the American Shoreline to learn what summer has in store. We begin with Dr. Robert Buckingham, Tyler's father, who is enjoying the holiday  weekend in Hilo, Hawaii. We then zip over to Galveston Island in Texas to speak with Reuben Trevino, Director of Operations for the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees. Reuben explains the work that his team will undertake to ready the beaches, accesses, bathrooms, and parking for one of the busiest weekends of the year. Next, its up to Astoria, Oregon to speak with Steve Fick, the owner of Fishhawk Fisheries, processing salmon, Dungeness crab, groundfish, and shrimp. We discuss the the current and future prospects of his business as the fisheries of the Northwest are impacted by Climate Change.

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.